Canucks Young Stars Game Recap: Canucks lay an egg
DH Vancouver StaffSep 15, 2014 8:15 pm
The third and final game of the Canucks Young Stars Tournament was on Monday Night and the Canucks prospects lost again. The Flames severely outplayed the Canucks, winning 6-1.
The Canucks prospects appeared overmatched throughout the first half of the first period as it took 8 minutes for them to register their first shot. They started to find their stride in the second part of the period. Jonathon Martin, a free agent invitee, sniped a goal with 4 minutes left in the first, to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission. The Flames throughly outplayed the Canucks during the second period and tied the game on a Markus Granlund goal. The Flames youngsters tallied two more goals to take a 3-1 lead over the Canucks into the third.
The Flames added a 4th goal midway through the third period. With less then 5 minutes left in the game, Frank Corrado was assessed a game misconduct for an elbow to John Gaudreau’s head. The Flames quickly scored twice on the powerplay to take a 6-1 lead and cruised to the easy victory.
Nicklas Jensen had a rough game, taking multiple penalties, and having a goal scored on a delayed penalty that was going to be called against him. After playing 17 games in the NHL last year, I expected more from Jensen in this tournament. He never seemed to find his rhythm, as he would look great a few shifts, then deplorable for a few shifts after that. He will need to have a very strong training camp to steal a job and start the season with the Canucks, which in my opinion, is very unlikely.
Despite the 6-1 score, once again free agent invite goaltender Austin Lotz, was the best player on the ice for the Canucks. As I said on Friday, the Canucks need a goalie that can turn pro in 1-2 years, so I will not be shocked if Lotz gets an invite to main camp, and possibly signed to an entry level deal.
Its unfortunate that the Canucks were unable to leave the tournament with a win. But with Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann and Cole Cassels all unable to participate due to injury, the Canucks were shorthanded before the tournament even begun. If those three had played, I expect the Canucks tournament would have been a whole lot different as they would have had the depth to compete.
One of the best parts of attending the games in Penticton this weekend was how the stands were filled with fans from every team. One game I would be surrounded by Flames fans and then the next game, I was within a pocket of Jets fans. All the varying opinions and allegiances made for interesting hockey talk throughout the arena. My favourite conversation that I overheard was some intoxicated Flames and Oilers fans arguing whether Sean Monahan (Flames 6th overall pick last year) was ‘The Man’ or not.
I consider the Young Stars tournament, now in its fourth year of existence, to be a great success. It allows the four western Canadian teams a chance to view their prospects against their peers and also gives fans a sneak peek at the upcoming stars that will ultimately shape their favourite team’s roster. If you are able to next year, I highly recommend that you give yourself a well deserved long weekend and make the trip up to beautiful Penticton.
Main training camp starts on Thursday in Whistler.
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DH Vancouver Staff
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